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Crown Point State Historic Site

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Address
21 Grandview Drive
Crown Point, NY 12928
Latitude 44.024853
Longitude -73.424377


Crown Point State Historic Site is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the ruins of two fortifications from the colonial wars between the British and French. Long before the American Revolution these colonial powers both laid claim to the Champlain Valley and this strategically important peninsula known as Crown Point. The French built Fort St. Frederic here between 1734 and 1737 and used it as a base for raids on British settlements in New York and New England. As a result, the British mounted various expeditions to take control of Crown Point, and in 1759 they were finally successful. They immediately began construction of new fortifications that they called "His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point". Enclosing over seven acres this was one of the largest built by the British in North America.

In 1775, at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, the American colonists captured the fort and secured sorely needed cannons and heavy ordnance. Crown Point was occupied by General John Burgoyne's army in 1777 after the American evacuation to Mount Independence and remained under British control until the end of the war. The ruins of Fort St. Frederic, "His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point," and surrounding lands were acquired by the State of New York in 1910.

Today, visitors can explore the preserved ruins of these forts and tour the museum which includes a multimedia orientation program, large scale models, and an exhibit of original artifacts recovered from the site by archaeologists. Additionally, the site offers access to the historic Crown Point Pier, the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse, the walking paths on either side of the newly constructed Lake Champlain Bridge, and fantastic views of Lake Champlain. Tours for school and adult groups, as well as outreach programs, are available by reservation.

Crown Point Campground (Operated by DEC): 
Open May 21 - Oct 11. Reserve through Reserve America. Information: 518-597-3603.

Pavilion Information
Crown Point has one pavilion. Accommodate up to 50 people. ADA accessible (2 tables). 3 charcoal grills available/10 picnic tables. Carry in, carry out policy in place. Reservations can be made through ReserveAmerica.com. Please contact the site with questions or special requests.

Pet Policy
Dogs on a leash - not exceeding six feet in length. Not permitted in buildings, camping, and picnic areas except where needed as a seeing eye, guide dog (service dog). Proof of license, tags, and a valid rabies vaccination must be demonstrated. Carry in/carry out policy for dog waste

Hours of Operation

  • Grounds are open from Sunrise to Sunset, Year Round
  • Museum: May 28 - October 18, 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday

    Also available by appointment, please call 518-597-3666
    Masks and social distancing observed, limit ten persons at once.
  • Picnic Pavilion: May 15 - October 18. 
    Reservations can be made through ReserveAmerica.com. Please contact the site with questions or special requests. 
  • Crown Point Campground (Operated by DEC): Open May 21 - Oct 11. Reserve through Reserve America. Information: 518-597-3603.

Fees & Rates

  • Admission
  • $5 Adults
    $4 Seniors/Group
    Children 12 and under free
    $35 Non-Profit Buses
    $75 Commercial Buses
  • Empire Pass
  • Empire Pass is NOT sold here

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Key BCA Criteria:

- Migratory concentration site

- Diverse species concentration site

- Bird research site

Since 1976, a bird banding station has operated at Crown Point, during which time over 13,000 birds across 97 species have been recorded. The Crown Point Bird Conservation Area is part of the Crown Point State Historic Site. Over 180 species have been observed at the Crown Point BCA. Many of these are spring migrants with 47 species of Neotropical migratory songbirds and 18 species of forest dwelling Neotropical migrants having been observed in spring.

Download a copy of the BCA map.


Thu 13 May
Guided Bird Hike
Thursday, May 13, 2021 08:30 AM
Crown Point State Historic Site

Join us on a gentle hike along the shores of Lake Champlain with guide Derek Rogers. Rogers is the Development Director at Champlain Area Trails (CATS). Before joining CATS, he worked for 11 years as a Preserves Director with the Nature Conservancy. Derek is a passionate conservationist and an accomplished birder, holding several high-level ornithological positions in New York. He loves birding New York's Champlain Valley and looks forward to exploring the trails with a group at Crown Point.

Please bring your binoculars, but binoculars are available upon request. A checklist will be furnished to help record birds seen and write down field marks of the birds to help identify them. Please wear sturdy, weatherproof boots as parts of the trail may be soggy. Predicted thunderstorms will cancel the outing.

Participants limited to 10. Meet outside museum at benches. Please email lisa.polay@parks.ny.gov to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 15 May
Build a Better Birdhouse workshop
Saturday, May 15, 2021 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Crown Point State Historic Site

Join site manager Lisa Polay to learn the basics behind building a birdhouse and watching it come to life each spring. After a visit to the banding station to observe the banders at work, we'll build a house based on a species you'll likely see at home. Bring a bag lunch - we'll break for a bite after the build, then after lunch decorate your house. Supplies available at site. Bring a rachet screwdriver, if you have one.

Participants limited to 10 (plus a parent or two!) All ages welcome, but geared towards those 12 and younger. Meet at the picnic pavilion. Please email lisa.polay@parks.ny.gov to register.

Registration: Required
Thu 20 May
Beginner Birder Outing
Thursday, May 20, 2021 08:00 AM
Crown Point State Historic Site

Join John Loz, President of Southern Adirondack Audubon, for a low impact, beginner bird outing looking for spring migrants along the trails of Crown Point Historic Site and shoreline of Lake Champlain. John will share tips on using your binoculars to locate and identify birds, as well as how to choose a hard copy or smart phone bird field guide that will work for you. The group will collectively work together to identify resident and spring migrant songbirds and waterfowl they come across by sight and song, and will end the walk by visiting the bird banding station to learn about the scientific significance of capturing, banding, and releasing birds. Please bring your binoculars, but binoculars are available upon request. A checklist will be furnished to help record birds seen and write down field marks of the birds to help identify them. Please wear sturdy, weatherproof boots as parts of the trail may be soggy. Predicted thunderstorms will cancel the outing.

Meet outside museum at benches. Participants limited to 10 persons. Please email lisa.polay@parks.ny.gov to register

Registration: Required

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing * Ice Fishing also available in winter
  • Tours * Guided Birding Tours
  • Tours (Accessible) * Interpretive Maps Available
  • Visitor Center (Accessible)